Taking the kids to the movies is a special treat but parents know the frustration of sifting through titles to find films suitable for young audiences. Today's theaters offer a range of stellar family films packed with adventure, meaningful stories, catchy tunes, lovable characters and laughs for both children and adults. From animated hits to live-action blockbusters, the best kids' movies engage audiences of all ages. 

These kid-friendly picks teach meaningful life lessons, spark imagination and curiosity and emphasize the importance of courage, loyalty and friendship. Their hopeful themes and positive values make them ideal viewing for impressionable young minds. So grab some popcorn, snuggle up with your little ones and get ready for memorable cinematic experiences. Keep reading for the top 50 family movies playing in theaters now that both kids and parents will enjoy watching together! Click any movie name in the following table to jump to its details.

Sr. No.

Movie Name

IMDb Rating


Sing 2 (2021)



Encanto (2021)



Clifford the Big Red Dog (2021)



Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)



Eternals (2021)



Ron's Gone Wrong (2021)



The Addams Family 2 (2021)



WALL-E (2008)



Kung Fu Panda (2008)



Finding Nemo (2003)



Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)



The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)



Onward (2020)



Frozen II (2019)



Toy Story 4 (2019)



Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)



Coco (2017)



Paddington 2 (2017)



Moana (2016)



Zootopia (2016)



Inside Out (2015)



The Lego Movie (2014)



Frozen (2013)



Wreck-It Ralph (2012)



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)



How to Train Your Dragon (2010)



Up (2009)



My Little Pony: A New Generation (2021)



The Mitchells vs. The Machines (2021)



Ratatouille (2007)



Luca (2021)



The Incredibles (2004)



Soul (2020)



Spirited Away (2001)



Shrek (2001)



Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)



The Lion King (1994)



Beauty and the Beast (1991)



The Little Mermaid (1989)



E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)



Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)



The Wizard of Oz (1939)



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)



The Iron Giant (1999)



The Princess Bride (1987)



The Muppet Movie (1979)



Mary Poppins (1964)



Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)



The Sound of Music (1965)



Babe (1995)


1 - Sing 2 (2021)

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  • Lead Actors: Matthew McConaughey (Buster Moon), Reese Witherspoon (Rosita), Taron Egerton (Johnny), Scarlett Johansson (Ash), Tori Kelly (Meena)
  • Supporting Actors: Nick Kroll (Gunter), Bobby Cannavale (Jimmy Crystal), Halsey (Porsha Crystal), Pharrell Williams (Alfonso), Letitia Wright (Nooshy)
  • Director: Garth Jennings
  • Release Date: December 22, 2021
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4
  • Run Time: 112 minutes

In this jubilant sequel, koala Buster Moon and his all-star animal troupe prepare for a dazzling stage show at the Crystal Tower Theater. To persuade intimidating mogul Jimmy Crystal to book them, Buster promises to cast lion rock legend Clay Calloway. But convincing the reclusive Clay to join proves a mighty challenge as the singers learn to find their voices. Bursting with splashy musical numbers and lovable characters, Sing 2 will have audiences dancing in the aisles.

2 - Encanto (2021)

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  • Lead Actors: Stephanie Beatriz (Mirabel), María Cecilia Botero (Abuela Alma), John Leguizamo (Bruno), Mauro Castillo (Félix)
  • Supporting Actors: Jessica Darrow (Luisa), Angie Cepeda (Julieta), Wilmer Valderrama (Agustín), Diane Guerrero (Isabela)
  • Director: Byron Howard, Jared Bush
  • Release Date: November 24, 2021
  • IMDb Rating: 7.2
  • Run Time: 102 minutes

Disney's magical musical adventure centers on the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in the enchanted mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. Everyone is blessed with magical gifts - except daughter Mirabel. When she discovers the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel must find her inner strength to protect her family and community. With catchy songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, dazzling animation and lovable characters, Encanto casts a musical spell for the whole family.

3 - Clifford the Big Red Dog (2021)

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  • Lead Actors: Darby Camp (Emily Elizabeth), Jack Whitehall (Uncle Casey), Izaac Wang (Owen Yu), John Cleese (Mr. Bridwell)
  • Supporting Actors: Tony Hale (Mr. Woodman), David Alan Grier (Mr. Danvers), Russell Peters (Jalen's Dad), Horatio Sanz (Carlos)
  • Director: Walt Becker
  • Release Date: November 10, 2021
  • IMDb Rating: 5.8
  • Run Time: 97 minutes

When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth meets a magical animal rescuer, she adopts a little red puppy who becomes her best friend. But after Clifford grows into a giant ten-foot hound overnight, he attracts the attention of an unscrupulous tech CEO who wants to profit off him. To protect Clifford, Emily and her uncle Casey go on the run through New York City. This heartwarming live-action adaptation of the beloved book and TV series brings everyone's favorite big red dog to larger-than-life proportions on the big screen.

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4 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)

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  • Lead Actors: Carrie Coon (Callie), Finn Wolfhard (Trevor), Mckenna Grace (Phoebe), Paul Rudd (Mr. Grooberson)
  • Supporting Actors: Celeste O'Connor (Lucky), Logan Kim (Podcast)
  • Director: Jason Reitman
  • Release Date: November 19, 2021
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3
  • Run Time: 124 minutes

When a single mom and her kids arrive in a small Oklahoma town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. Trevor, Phoebe and their mom move into a farmhouse where paranormal occurrences unfold. With help from teacher Mr. Grooberson, Phoebe and Trevor dust off the Ghostbusters' gear and devices. Soon they are investigating the supernatural happenings and unraveling a mystery decades in the making. Bursting with heart and nostalgia, Ghostbusters: Afterlife captures the spirit of the original for a new generation.

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5 - Eternals (2021)

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  • Lead Actors: Gemma Chan (Sersi), Richard Madden (Ikaris), Angelina Jolie (Thena)
  • Supporting Actors: Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Lia McHugh (Sprite), Don Lee (Gilgamesh)
  • Director: Chloé Zhao
  • Release Date: November 5, 2021
  • IMDb Rating: 6.3
  • Run Time: 157 minutes

Marvel Studios' latest superhero epic follows the Eternals, an immortal alien race sent to Earth thousands of years ago to protect humans from their evil counterparts called the Deviants. Flashing back and forward in time, the film charts this group's journey as they reunite to fight the returning Deviants. With an impressive ensemble cast including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, Eternals takes the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a bold cosmic direction with epic stakes. Dazzling visuals and larger-than-life characters make this blockbuster adventure perfect for the whole family.

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6 - Ron's Gone Wrong (2021)

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  • Lead Actors: Zach Galifianakis (Ron), Jack Dylan Grazer (Barney Pudowski), Olivia Colman (Donka Pudowski)
  • Supporting Actors: Justice Smith (Andrew Morris), Rob Delaney (Marc Pudowski), Kylie Cantrall (Savannah Meades), Ricardo Hurtado (Rich Meades), Marcus Scribner (Derek Myers)
  • Director: Sarah Smith, Jean-Philippe Vine
  • Release Date: October 22, 2021
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4
  • Run Time: 106 minutes

In a world where walking, talking bots are kids' best friends, socially awkward middle schooler Barney is embarrassed that his robot Ron malfunctions and doesn't work right. But when the two embark on a journey together, they learn true friendship is not about being perfect. It's about accepting each other's flaws. With heartwarming messages about human connection, Ron's Gone Wrong uses humor and hijinks to showcase the power of true friendship.

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7 - The Addams Family 2 (2021)

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  • Lead Actors: Oscar Isaac (Gomez Addams), Charlize Theron (Morticia Addams), Chloë Grace Moretz (Wednesday Addams), Nick Kroll (Uncle Fester)
  • Supporting Actors: Bette Midler (Grandma), Snoop Dogg (Cousin It), Javon Walton (Pugsley Addams)
  • Directors: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon
  • Release Date: October 1, 2021
  • IMDb Rating: 5.2
  • Run Time: 93 minutes

Everyone's favorite spooky family is back in this animated sequel. Morticia and Gomez plan a vacation road trip to bring the Addams closer together. But creepy and kooky Wednesday and Pugsley have their own ideas on how to spend the summer. With a star-studded voice cast and a catchy soundtrack, The Addams Family 2 provides kooky, ooky, mysterious and spooky fun the whole family can enjoy. Kids will get a kick out of watching their creepy adventures unfold in this silly monster comedy.

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8 - WALL-E (2008)

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  • Lead Actors: Ben Burtt (WALL-E), Elissa Knight (EVE)
  • Supporting Actors: Jeff Garlin (Captain), Fred Willard (Shelby Forthright), John Ratzenberger (John), Kathy Najimy (Mary)
  • Director: Andrew Stanton
  • Release Date: June 27, 2008
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4
  • Run Time: 98 minutes

In the distant future, Earth is uninhabitable and abandoned robot WALL-E cleans up trash. When sleek robot EVE arrives to scan for plant life, WALL-E rescues her from a sandstorm and shows her his treasures. As they journey through space back to EVE's mothership, Pixar's touching sci-fi love story says volumes about humanity without much dialogue at all.

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9 - Kung Fu Panda (2008)

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  • Lead Actors: Jack Black (Po), Dustin Hoffman (Shifu), Angelina Jolie (Tigress), Ian McShane (Tai Lung)
  • Supporting Actors: Jackie Chan (Monkey), Seth Rogen (Mantis), Lucy Liu (Viper), David Cross (Crane)
  • Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
  • Release Date: June 6, 2008
  • IMDb Rating: 7.5
  • Run Time: 92 minutes

Po the clumsy panda is chosen as the legendary Dragon Warrior, much to the chagrin of his instructor Shifu. To defeat the evil snow leopard Tai Lung, Po trains with his idols, the Furious Five kung fu masters, as he embraces his true potential. With multiple sequels, a TV show and a holiday special, Kung Fu Panda kickstarted a beloved animated franchise with its likable characters and vibrant action.

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10 - Finding Nemo (2003)

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  • Lead Actors: Albert Brooks (Marlin), Ellen DeGeneres (Dory), Alexander Gould (Nemo)
  • Supporting Actors: Willem Dafoe (Gill), Brad Garrett (Bloat), Allison Janney (Peach), Austin Pendleton (Gurgle), Stephen Root (Bubbles), Vicky Lewis (Deb/Flo)
  • Directors: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
  • Release Date: May 30, 2003
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1
  • Run Time: 100 minutes

Overprotective clownfish Marlin searches the ocean for his captured son Nemo with absent-minded Dory. Facing sharks, anglerfish and seagulls, their epic undersea adventure teaches Marlin to let go and lean on friends like amnesic but loyal Dory. Finding Nemo's stunning visuals transport viewers to the Great Barrier Reef and remind us how far parents will go for their children.

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11 - Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

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  • Lead Actors: Kelly Marie Tran (Raya), Awkwafina (Sisu), Gemma Chan (Namaari)
  • Supporting Actors: Daniel Dae Kim (Chief Benja), Sandra Oh (Virana), Benedict Wong (Tong), Izaac Wang (Boun)
  • Directors: Don Hall, Carlos López Estrada
  • Release Date: March 5, 2021
  • IMDb Rating: 7.3
  • Run Time: 107 minutes

In the fantasy world of Kumandra, warrior Raya searches for the last dragon to stop sinister forces from destroying what is left of her land's magic. Accompanied by the quirky, water dragon Sisu, Raya faces many foes and her nemesis Namaari on her quest to find the Dragon Gem and unite the kingdom. Awkwafina lends her signature humor to this gorgeously animated adventure about hope and trust. Raya and the Last Dragon brings an exciting new heroine to Disney's roster.

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12 - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

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  • Lead Actors: William Moseley (Peter), Anna Popplewell (Susan), Skandar Keynes (Edmund), Georgie Henley (Lucy)
  • Supporting Actors: Tilda Swinton (Jadis the White Witch), James McAvoy (Mr. Tumnus), Jim Broadbent (Professor Digory Kirke)
  • Director: Andrew Adamson
  • Release Date: December 9, 2005
  • IMDb Rating: 6.9
  • Run Time: 143 minutes

Based on C.S. Lewis' novel, four siblings discover the magical land of Narnia through a wardrobe. Under the rule of the evil White Witch, Narnia is always winter and never Christmas. Guided by lion king Aslan, the children embark on a journey to defeat the witch and fulfill an ancient prophecy. This first live-action adaptation brought Lewis' treasured chronicle to life through fantastical creatures and stunning effects.

13 - Onward (2020)

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  • Lead Actors: Tom Holland (Ian Lightfoot), Chris Pratt (Barley Lightfoot), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Laurel Lightfoot)
  • Supporting Actors: Octavia Spencer (The Manticore), Mel Rodriguez (Colt Bronco), Lena Waithe (Specter), Ali Wong (Gore)
  • Director: Dan Scanlon
  • Release Date: March 6, 2020
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4
  • Run Time: 102 minutes

Set in a suburban fantasy world filled with magic, elves, trolls and dragons, Onward follows elf brothers Ian and Barley on a quest to resurrect their late father for one day using a spell. But when their spell goes awry, only the bottom half of their dad returns. The brothers embark on a hilarious adventure in their dad's retro van to find a gem that will bring back the rest of him before time runs out. Onward mixes humor and heart as Ian and Barley learn the true meaning of family.

14 - Frozen II (2019)

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  • Lead Actors: Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff)
  • Supporting Actors: Evan Rachel Wood (Iduna), Alfred Molina (Agnarr), Sterling K. Brown (Lieutenant Destin Mattias), Jason Ritter (Ryder)
  • Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
  • Release Date: November 22, 2019
  • IMDb Rating: 6.8
  • Run Time: 103 minutes

The magical kingdom of Arendelle faces peril in Frozen 2 as Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven embark on a dangerous journey to discover the origins of Elsa's powers and save their kingdom. They travel to an enchanted forest where elements clash and mysterious spirits dwell. Frozen 2 expands the world of the original as Elsa bravely follows the call that haunts her through catchy new songs. With eye-popping animation and themes of courage and self-discovery, Frozen 2 brought immense box office success.

15 - Toy Story 4 (2019)

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  • Lead Actors: Tom Hanks (Woody), Tim Allen (Buzz Lightyear), Annie Potts (Bo Peep), Tony Hale (Forky)
  • Supporting Actors: Keegan-Michael Key (Ducky), Jordan Peele (Bunny), Madeleine McGraw (Bonnie), Christina Hendricks (Gabby Gabby), Keanu Reeves (Duke Caboom)
  • Director: Josh Cooley
  • Release Date: June 21, 2019
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8
  • Run Time: 100 minutes

Disney and Pixar's blockbuster sequel catches up with beloved sheriff Woody who unexpectedly becomes a new toy's caretaker. When Bonnie's craft project Forky comes to life, Woody takes him under his wing. But on a road trip adventure, vintage doll Gabby Gabby derails their journey. As Woody reunites with lost friend Bo Peep and considers life beyond Andy's room, Toy Story 4 poignantly contemplates purpose and moving forward. With great new characters, dazzling animation and thoughtful themes, this fourth installment brings the toy saga full circle.

16 - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

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  • Lead Actors: Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), Jake Johnson (Peter B. Parker), Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy)
  • Supporting Actors: Mahershala Ali (Aaron Davis), Brian Tyree Henry (Jefferson Davis), Lily Tomlin (May Parker), Luna Lauren Velez (Rio Morales), John Mulaney (Spider-Ham), Nicolas Cage (Spider-Man Noir), Kimiko Glenn (Peni Parker), Liev Schreiber (Wilson Fisk)
  • Directors: Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman
  • Release Date: December 14, 2018
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4
  • Run Time: 117 minutes

Teenager Miles Morales struggles to adapt to his new spider powers when he suddenly encounters alternate versions of Spider-Man from different dimensions. As the heroes team up to stop a threat across parallel universes, Miles finds the mentorship and courage to become the hero within. With its refreshing animation style, diverse casting and poignant coming-of-age story, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse delivers a rollercoaster superhero adventure kids will love.

17 - Coco (2017)

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  • Lead Actors: Anthony Gonzalez (Miguel), Gael García Bernal (Héctor), Benjamin Bratt (Ernesto de la Cruz), Alanna Ubach (Mamá Imelda)
  • Supporting Actors: Renée Victor (Abuelita), Ana Ofelia Murguía (Mamá Coco), Edward James Olmos (Chicharrón), Alfonso Arau (Papa Julio)
  • Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
  • Release Date: November 22, 2017
  • IMDb Rating: 8.4
  • Run Time: 105 minutes

Despite his family's ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming a musician. When he strums the guitar of his idol Ernesto de la Cruz on Día de los Muertos, Miguel enters the magical Land of the Dead. There he meets charming trickster Héctor who helps him find deceased singer Ernesto to lift his family curse. As Miguel uncovers secrets about his family history, Coco takes audiences on a colorful journey celebrating Mexican culture, music and the unbreakable bonds of family.

18 - Paddington 2 (2017)

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  • Lead Actors: Ben Whishaw (Paddington Bear), Hugh Bonneville (Henry Brown), Sally Hawkins (Mary Brown), Madeleine Harris (Judy Brown)
  • Supporting Actors: Julie Walters (Mrs. Bird), Jim Broadbent (Samuel Gruber), Peter Capaldi (Mr. Curry), Imelda Staunton (Aunt Lucy)
  • Director: Paul King
  • Release Date: November 10, 2017
  • IMDb Rating: 7.8
  • Run Time: 103 minutes

England's lovable, marmalade-obsessed bear Paddington strives to buy his aunt the perfect 100th birthday gift. He takes on a series of odd jobs to purchase a coveted pop-up book but the gift is stolen! Wrongly accused of the theft, Paddington must catch the real culprit to clear his name. Charming performances and whimsical British humor make this heartwarming sequel a delightful family film full of wit and whimsy.

19 - Moana (2016)

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  • Lead Actors: Auli'i Cravalho (Moana), Dwayne Johnson (Maui), Rachel House (Gramma Tala), Temuera Morrison (Chief Tui)
  • Supporting Actors: Jemaine Clement (Tamatoa), Nicole Scherzinger (Sina), Alan Tudyk (Heihei)
  • Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker
  • Release Date: November 23, 2016
  • IMDb Rating: 7.6
  • Run Time: 107 minutes

Spirited teenager Moana sails the seas to save her Polynesian people in this empowering Disney princess story. Guided by the ocean itself, Moana seeks out demigod Maui so they can return the stolen heart of goddess Te Fiti. This voyage of self-discovery features epic musical numbers by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Moana embraces her adventurous spirit. With dazzling animation, catchy songs and themes of bravery, Moana became an instant animated classic.

20 - Zootopia (2016)

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  • Lead Actors: Ginnifer Goodwin (Judy Hopps), Jason Bateman (Nick Wilde), Idris Elba (Chief Bogo)
  • Supporting Actors: Jenny Slate (Bellwether), Nate Torrence (Clawhauser), Bonnie Hunt (Bonnie Hopps), Don Lake (Stu Hopps), Tommy Chong (Yax), J.K. Simmons (Mayor Lionheart)
  • Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore
  • Release Date: March 4, 2016
  • IMDb Rating: 8.0
  • Run Time: 108 minutes

Perky bunny Judy Hopps becomes Zootopia's first rabbit officer, teaming with con-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mysterious disappearance of predators. To prove herself, Judy must break the case as the peaceful animal metropolis descends into fear. Equal parts hilarious and topical, Zootopia uses its animal world to touch on timely issues like bias and discrimination in clever allegorical ways. Kids will love the fast-paced adventure full of endearing characters.

21 - Inside Out (2015)

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  • Lead Actors: Amy Poehler (Joy), Phyllis Smith (Sadness), Richard Kind (Bing Bong), Bill Hader (Fear), Lewis Black (Anger)
  • Supporting Actors: Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Kaitlyn Dias (Riley Andersen), Diane Lane (Mrs. Andersen), Kyle MacLachlan (Mr. Andersen)
  • Director: Pete Docter
  • Release Date: June 19, 2015
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1
  • Run Time: 95 minutes

Growing up can be an emotional rollercoaster, as shown in this clever Pixar film exploring the inner mind of young Riley. Her personified emotions of Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger conflict as Riley adjusts to her new life in San Francisco. When Sadness accidentally causes Riley's happy core memories to turn sad, the emotions must join forces to restore balance. Thoughtful and relatable for viewers young and old, Inside Out delivers meaningful themes through dazzling animation and humorous personified feelings.

22 - The Lego Movie (2014)

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  • Lead Actors: Chris Pratt (Emmet Brickowski), Elizabeth Banks (Lucy/Wyldstyle), Will Ferrell (President Business/Lord Business), Liam Neeson (Bad Cop/Good Cop), Morgan Freeman (Vitruvius)
  • Supporting Actors: Will Arnett (Batman), Nick Offerman (Metal Beard), Alison Brie (Unikitty), Channing Tatum (Superman), Jonah Hill (Green Lantern), Cobie Smulders (Wonder Woman)
  • Directors: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  • Release Date: February 7, 2014
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7
  • Run Time: 100 minutes

An unlikely Lego hero named Emmet finds himself on an epic quest to stop evil Lord Business from destroying the Lego universe with glue. Along with a crew of Master Builders like Lucy, Batman and Lego figurines, Emmet hops through imaginative worlds on his mission to save the day through boundless creativity. With a star-studded cast and tons

23 - Frozen (2013)

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  • Lead Actors: Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff), Josh Gad (Olaf)
  • Supporting Actors: Santino Fontana (Hans), Alan Tudyk (Duke of Weselton), Ciarán Hinds (Pabbie the Troll King)
  • Directors: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
  • Release Date: November 27, 2013
  • IMDb Rating: 7.4
  • Run Time: 102 minutes

Disney's global phenomenon follows fearless optimist Anna as she journeys with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his reindeer Sven to find her sister, Snow Queen Elsa and break her icy spell. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements to save Arendelle. With an inspirational message about overcoming fear, Frozen became the highest-grossing animated film ever with its catchy musical numbers and unforgettable characters.

24 - Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

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  • Lead Actors: John C. Reilly (Ralph), Sarah Silverman (Vanellope von Schweetz), Jack McBrayer (Fix-It Felix Jr.)
  • Supporting Actors: Jane Lynch (Sergeant Calhoun), Alan Tudyk (King Candy), Mindy Kaling (Taffyta Muttonfudge), Joe Lo Truglio (Markowski), Ed O'Neill (Mr. Litwak)
  • Director: Rich Moore
  • Release Date: November 2, 2012
  • IMDb Rating: 7.7
  • Run Time: 108 minutes

Video game villain Ralph wants to be seen as a hero and leave his game to explore others, against the rules of the arcade. In a candy-coated racing game, he teams up with glitchy outcast Vanellope von Schweetz so she can compete in a major race. But the game's ruler King Candy objects to Vanellope's participation. With dazzling animation, clever video game references and heart, Wreck-It Ralph explores outsiders becoming heroes by choosing friendship and acceptance.

25 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

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  • Lead Actors: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
  • Supporting Actors: Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore), Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
  • Director: David Yates
  • Release Date: July 15, 2011
  • IMDb Rating: 8.1
  • Run Time: 130 minutes

In this climactic final chapter, Harry Potter and his friends make their last stand against the evil Voldemort and his followers to destroy the remaining Horcruxes. As the battle rages at Hogwarts, Harry discovers his connection to Voldemort runs deeper than he thought. Packed with emotion and spellbinding action, Deathly Hallows Part 2 brings a satisfying, powerful conclusion to the beloved fantasy saga.

DPM Top Picks

  1. Encanto - This magical musical journey to Colombia is my top pick for families. With catchy Lin-Manuel Miranda songs, a lovable heroine and themes of self-discovery, kids will be enchanted.
  2. Sing 2 - Illumination's jubilant singing competition sequel is an upbeat crowd-pleaser. With a star-studded cast belting hits, it's music to kids' ears.
  3. The Mitchells vs. The Machines - This hilarious animated comedy has something for everyone. With its oddball family saving the world from a robot apocalypse, it's weird, witty and wonderful.

Final Verdict

From inspiring musicals to superhero sagas, today's theaters offer an incredible array of movies to delight kids and families. Dazzling animations like Encanto and heartwarming live-action films like Ghostbusters: Afterlife take audiences on journeys kids won't soon forget. There are blockbusters advancing iconic franchises like Eternals and instant classics conveying timeless messages like Luca. So treat your family to the immersive, cinematic experience of these stellar films on the big screen. Escaping into inspiring new worlds together is always an unforgettable adventure.


Q: What's a good kid friendly movie? 

Some great options for family friendly films now in theaters include Sing 2, Clifford the Big Red Dog, The Addams Family 2 and Ron's Gone Wrong.

Q: What movies keep kids' attention? 

Animated movies like Encanto and The Mitchells vs. The Machines are visually dynamic to hold kids' focus. Action adventures like Ghostbusters: Afterlife and comedy romps like The Addams Family 2 also keep them entertained.

Q: What is the most viewed kids movie in the world? 

Currently, the most viewed children's film worldwide is Frozen, earning over $1.2 billion globally.

Q: What is the biggest children's movie of all time? 

Inflation adjusted, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is considered the biggest kids movie ever based on lifetime box office gross.

Q: Are there any animated movies suitable for kids currently in theaters? 

Yes, some animated kids movies playing in theaters now are Sing 2, Encanto, The Addams Family 2 and My Little Pony: A New Generation.

Q: Are there any new releases that are both entertaining and suitable for kids? 

Some recent theatrical releases appropriate and fun for kids include Clifford the Big Red Dog, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Ron's Gone Wrong and The Addams Family 2.